Connectivity & Ports

The Mi 9 comes with a pretty standard flagship level of connectivity here – with a few variations. Firstly, it obviously supports 5GHz AC WiFi, thus you can enjoy your Unifi Turbo on your smartphone.

Secondly, the Xiaomi Mi 9 also comes with NFC though there are no NFC payment systems available on the Mi 9 – yet. Though I do appreciate the fact that I can transfer files, links, and everything in between by just tapping two phones together.

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Xiaomi Mi 9

Then comes the ports. On the left side of the Mi 9 we have the AI button. By default, it opens Google Assistant which is handy. This button is configurable though it has some minor software issues that I’ll explain more in the software section of things.

Xiaomi Mi 9

Right above the AI button is also where we can find the cards tray. Unfortunately, the Mi 9 only has two dedicated nano SIM card slots and no microSD card slot.

Xiaomi Mi 9

At the bottom of the phone we have two grills flanking the USB-C port. The left grill is for the microphone and the right grill is for the loudspeaker. The Mi 9 only has a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, though.

Xiaomi Mi 9

At the left side we have the volume rocker and the power button. These buttons are very clicky and satisfying to press, and requires an adequate amount of force to be pressed. There are absolutely zero accidental presses here though I do wish that the AI button is not on the direct opposite of the power button.

Xiaomi Mi 9

At the top is where we can find the secondary microphone and also the IR blaster. Yes, the Mi 9 does come with an IR blaster so you can use the phone as a remote control. A rare feature for smartphones these days.

Xiaomi Mi 9

You might have realized there is no fingerprint scanner on the Mi 9 – that is because they opted for an optical fingerprint scanner under the display instead. It works well, but I still prefer having a physical one at the back of the phone.

The only one thing that is missing from the Mi 9 is the 3.5mm audio jack. I do think that the Mi 9 would have been perfect if there is a 3.5mm audio jack. Xiaomi removed this port and yet there is no IP-rating hence I have no idea why Xiaomi removed it in the first place.


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Materials
9
Software
7
Connectivity and ports
7
Screen
9
Performance and gaming
10
Camera
8
Battery and charger
8
Value
10
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